incunable (ĭn-KYŌŌ-nə-bəl)


Definition (Noun) A book printed in the infancy of the art. In Context "Any printed book, for example, that was produced in the 1400s is known as an incunable or incunabulum, both variations of the same word, and derivations of a Latin phrase meaning 'from the cradle,' and used to identify books issued in this embryonic period." Nicholas A. Basbanes, Among the Gently Mad: Perspectives and Strategies for the Book Hunter in the Twenty-First Century, 2002.